GAINESVILLE -- Florida coach Will Muschamp continues to improve his Twitter skills.
“It's a work in progress,” he said, jokingly. “My 9-year-old and 12-year-old have helped me.”
After several recent misadventures where Muschamp accidentally publicly tweeted -- rather than direct messaged -- prospective recruits, Florida’s coach made a light-hearted attempt soliciting social media help.
“It's really unfair,” Muschamp said. “When you get a message sent to you, it also goes to your text and then you respond to your text -- not that I violated any of the NCAA rules because you are not allowed to text -- then it goes out. It's not a direct message, it's a message for everybody. You learn the hard way in life sometimes.”
Muschamp avoided any wrath by the NCAA by not mentioning the recruit(s) by name, but the coach has instructed his staff to take precautions by not putting a prospects name “on anything” moving forward.
“Hey, you live and learn," he said. "The social media thing is interesting. I can you that. It's a way that you've got to be able to understand how to do it to be able to communicate with recruits. That's a huge part of it.”
The Gators, like most schools, monitor prospects and current players’ Twitter accounts, with Muschamp noting social media is simply part of the evaluation process nowadays.
“When they press send it’s out there,” he explained.
“There has been some situations that we’ve communicated with the perspective student athlete and said, “Where exactly are we, what road are we headed down here?” We may have talked to the high school coach, the principal and people within the school to find out more about exactly what messages are trying to be sent here. There’s no question there’s a lot of issue that can be made from the messages on a public social media. I’ve told our players this story all the time. I had a player one time that was going for a visit to a pro team coming out of college and jokingly made a tweet that was not viewed very humorously by the organization. The general manager called me and said, “What’s the deal with this guy?” It ended up, he was a defensive tackle that got drafted in the second round as opposed to end of the first round. … It cost him about $3.5 million based on where he was picked. I tell our guys all the time that I don’t ban them from Twitter but we try to monitor those things as best we can.”
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